Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones
Young guns news -
Sunday 30 Aug 09
Nicky Adans (Leicester - midfielder) Is
playing his way back into Nigel Pearson's plans after a period on loan at
Rochdale last season. Adams scored his sides only goal in a 2-1 defeat against
Preston in midweek and was impressive against Sheffield Utd last weekend in the
1-1 draw in his first start of the season. "Last year was a bit disappointing but I have learned a lot
since then and I believe I am a better player for the experience." Nicky Adams
Grant Basey (Charlton -
defender/midfielder) Scored his sides sixth goal as the reserves beat
Palace 6-2 on Monday evening. Basey who is once again on the fringes of the
first team under Phil Parkinson, will have to impress in the second string it
seems if he has any chance of breaking back into the managers plans.
Darcy Blake (left)
(Cardiff City/Plymouth -
defender/midfielder) Has gone on loan to Plymouth until January. The
Wales U21 international who is desperate for senior game time has been bugging
manager Dave Jones to go on loan, and finally the call came. Blake has been
over looked even in Carling Cup games will now go straight into the squad for
the game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Chad Bond (Swansea - striker) Was the
latest youngster to be given his chance as he started in the 1-0 win against
Coventry last weekend.
Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) + David
Stephens (Norwich - defender) And team mates had an eventful 90 minutes
as the U18's fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Leeds last Saturday
Sean Geddes (Walsall - midfielder) Picked up an
assist as the Saddlers beat Shrewsbury in a youth team fixture at the weekend.
Geddes' fine cross was converted by a team mate as his side won 3-2.
Andy King (Leicester - midfielder) Is
ready to be patient after finding himself out of the starting XI this season.
The Wales international made a first start in the Carling Cup game in midweek as
the Foxes lost 2-1 to Preston, and realises that it's a long old season. "I was pleased to get a run out. Everyone wants to play as
much as they can and I am no different but I am still a young boy and I
understand I have got some very experiences players in my position and training
with them every day and watching them is only going to help me for my future."
Reece Jones (Fulham - midfielder) Captained
the U18's last weekend. The Wales U17 international was a constant driving force
in midfield as team mate Richard Peniket (Fulham -
striker) struggled up front against a strong Liverpool rearguard. The
game finished 3-1 to the Reds.
Lee Lucas (Swansea - midfielder) Pulled
one back as the young Swans crashed 2-1 to Exeter last Saturday.
Jack Mackreth (Tranmere - midfielder) + Connor
Roberts (Tranmere - defender) Both started for the reserves as they
took on Morecambe. Both played 90 minutes as the game finished 3-0 to Rovers
with Mackreth picking up an assist for his sides third.
McDonald (Rushden and Diamonds - defender) Has been sent out on loan to
Wingate & Finchley as the club looks to give it's youngsters some senior
Joe Partington (Bournemouth - midfielder)
Found himself in the unfamiliar position of centre half on Tuesday as the
reserves beat Salisbury 7-0. The Wales U21 international who is desperate to
break back into the starting XI for his club will have done his chances no harm
in front of watching management with two assists.
(Southampton - midfielder) Won his side a penalty as the Saints U18
team beat Man Utd 3-1 last weekend. Preen played 90 minutes in an impressive
Christian Ribeiro (right)
(Bristol City -
defender) Made a first team start this week in the Carling Cup game
against Carlisle. The Wales U21 international saw his season wrecked by an
anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Cup game v Leicester and will no doubt
feel mightily proud to have come back so strong. Unfortunately the game wasn't
the happiest for the side with City losing 2-0.
(Crewe - striker) Stepped off the bench to strike as the Railwaymen
beat Chester in a behind closed doors reserve game this week. Titchiner scored
the winner as Crewe won 3-2.
James Wilson (Bristol City/Brentford -
defender) Stepped straight into the first team as the Bees drew 1-1
with Southampton at the weekend. Wilson who was starting his month loan period
at Griffin Park may end up staying longer, with manager Andy Scott stating that
he would like the Wales U21 international to stay.
Young guns news -
Sunday 23 Aug 09
Billy Bodin (left)
striker) Scored with a 25 yard curling
left footer last Saturday morning as Swindon Youth took on Bristol Rovers.
Unfortunately for the U17 international it was not quite enough as they lost
2-1, although Bodin was dangerous throughout under the watchful eye of Dad/youth
team coach, Paul. He also started for the reserves this week as they beat
Cheltenham 2-0, a game which saw him produce another bright
Wayne Farmer (Shrewsbury - defender) +
Gareth Partridge (Shrewsbury - striker) Got the season under way with a victory against Wrexham last
weekend. The young Shrews ran out 1-0 winners and ensured a good start to the
Alliance Youth League.
Knight (WBA - midfielder) Was on the
bench as the Baggies beat Bury 2-0 in the Carling Cup last week. The third year
scholar was an unused sub as his side cruised into the next
Adam Matthews (right)
defender) Played 15 minutes last
Saturday as the Bluebirds let a 1-0 lead slip at Bloomfield Road against
Blackpool. The Wales international who stepped off the bench last Saturday then
enjoyed a start in midweek as he started in the 3-0 defeat of
Kerry Morgan (Swansea
- striker) Started in midweek as
manager Paulo Sousa strives for goals against Reading in midweek.Morgan who has
had loan spells in Sweden, Spain and with Neath in the Welsh Premiership played
90 minutes as the Swans picked up a point. The Royals once again had
Simon Church (Reading -
striker) in the starting
Elliott Parish (Aston Villa
- goalkeeper) Has not been chosen in
any Wales U21 squads as he has chosen to represent the Three Lions. Parish who
was picked in a Wales U16 training camp many moons ago, will now hope to gain a
call up with England.
Roberts (Stockport - midfielder) Has
been named on the bench for every County game so far this season without
actually getting on. The Wales U15 and U17 international midfielder will hope
to be involved at some stage with the club in such a perilous financial
Rhys Taylor (Chelsea -
goalkeeper) Made a return from injury
for the reserves against Uzbekistan at the end of last week. The Wales U21
international was between the sticks as the Blues were edged
James Wilson (Bristol
City/Brentford - defender) Will start
a loan spell with Brentford this weekend. The 20 year old who spent a
successful three month period with the Bees last season will join on a one month
Young guns news -
Sunday 16 Aug 09
James Bloom (Falkirk -
defender) Who was released by Cardiff
at the end of the season has joined Falkirk on a 2 year contract. The son of
South Wales Echo reporter Mark, was rated by Brian Flynn who called him into the
U21 squad, but obviously not by Dave Jones who told him he had no future at the
Jonathan Bond (Watford -
goalkeeper) Has joined 11 others in
signing a two year scholarship programme at Vicarage Road. The Wales U16
international will be joined at the club by Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) who was released by ex manager Brendon Rogers but re signed by new
manager Malky Mckay. North was thought to be too small to make it by the former
manager, but praised for his work ethic and dedication by the new boss.
Jon Brown (Cardiff -
striker) Has been told that he will be
released by City and will now look to get another club before the start of next
season. He has been linked to Charlton and may now take a step down to League
Troy Brown (Ipswich -
defender) Was on the bench on Tuesday
night as the former Wales U19 international starts competitive football life at
Portman Road under Roy Keane. He failed to make an appearance as the Tractor
boys sneaked through on penalties against Shrewsbury.
Matthew De Cae -
Ended up playing for Bridgend Town at the end of last season after studying at
the University of Glamorgan. The former Wales U19 international midfielder who
hails from Belgium. It is not known where he will be playing this
Stephen Davey (Neath -
midfielder) Has ended up at Neath
after being released by Shrewsbury at the end of last season.
Ambitious Principality Welsh Premier outfit Neath have already attracted
former league seasoned pros Chris Llewellyn and keeper Anthony
(Southampton - midfielder) Has been
heavily involved with the first team during pre season culminating in a start
against Cheltenham and won praise for his efforts from the coaching staff. The
Gwent born youngster could well follow fellow Dragons Lloyd James (Southampton -
Kayne McLaggon (Southampton -
striker) into the first team squad
Paul Dummett (right)
(Newcastle - defender) Won pre season
silverware as the U18's won the Bosnia Trophy this week with a 4-1 win against
Sofia in the final. The Wales youth international and his colleagues were up
against sides such as Crvena Zvedva (previously Red Star Belgrade) and were
unbeaten in the eight team tournament.
Iain Edmunds (Shrewsbury - midfielder) Will join the long list of Welsh youth player at Shrewsbury after
being taken on as a scholar. The Wales U16 international will now hope to make
an impression on Welshman Nigel Vaughan who is the youth team
Emyr Huws (Swansea -
midfielder) Looks to be back at
Swansea City after a nightmare spell with Man City came to an end. Huws moved
from the Swans to City but was not allowed to play for them due to the fact that
he did not live in the 90 minutes distance rule. He spent all of last season
training, rather than playing for the City youth team
Letheren (Plymouth - goalkeeper)
Has signed a short term contract at Home Park as cover to for injuries to senior
squad keepers. He will now hope to impress the coaching staff and extend his
stay at the Championship clubs.
Levin Mackin (Wrexham - midfielder) Has been released by the Dragons as Dean Saunders continues his
planning for next season. He has joined York City where he spent some time on
loan last season.
North (Watford - goalkeeper) Made the
bench for the Carling Cup game against Barnet on Tuesday night. It was a bit of
strange appearance as he was forced out of the Wales U21 international with a
hand injury by all accounts.
Aaron Phillips (Coventry - defender) Has been called up to the Wales U17 training camp. The former
Wales U16 international is the son of Dave Phillips who won an amazing 62 caps
(Tranmere - midfielder) Will return
from Wales U17 duty and join the new in take of scholars at Prenton Park. The
youngster was one of nine new scholars and will join second year
Jack Mackreth (Tranmere -
midfielder) at the
David Stephens (left)
defender) Has signed his first
professional contract at Carrow Road over the summer. The Wales U19
international has started several games during pre season and will look to make
an impression before the start of the season.
Ben Swallow (Bristol Rovers - forward) Made a home cameo appearances off the bench against Aldershot in
the Carling Cup this week. The former Cardiff City academy member came off the
bench after 73 minutes in the 2-1 win.
Ashton Taylor (Tranmere - defender/midfielder) Admits that he will play anywhere if it means being
involved with the first team squad under new manager John Barnes. Taylor
started off as a defender with the youth team before moving into a midfield spot
last season. His pre season performances must have worked as he started in the
2-0 loss to Yeovil. He also signed a new one year contract this week that will
keep him at the club until 2011.
"I'll play wherever I'm told if it means I get a
chance to play." - Ashton Taylor.
Alex Titchener (Crewe - striker) Signed his first professional contract over the summer and will
now look to push on after some impressive performances for the U18 side last
season. "There were times last season when I was down and not knowing what was
going to happen, so it was really emotional to be told I'd got a professional
contract." - Alex Titchener.
Wedgbury (Sheffield Utd/Ferencvaros - midfielder) Is enjoying life on loan in Hungary as the midfielder starts his
second season with Ferencvaros. With his side now back in the Hungarian top
flight, it's been a mixed bag as they beat ZTE 4-1 in the opening fixture and
lost the second 3-1, with Wedgbury getting his sides consolation. The Worcester
born midfielder is due to return to Brammell Lane in January to fight for a
first team spot.
(Man City - goalkeeper) Followed in
Dad, George Wood's footsteps by signing a professional contract. The Scotish
U17 international qualifies for Wales after being born in South Wales and raised
in Beddau. Wood played for both Wales and Scotland at U16 level before opting
for the Scots during the Victory Shield.